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What is aseptic meningitis?

What is aseptic meningitis?

Nonbacterial: Aseptic meningitis is term indicating the absence of detectable bacteria as a cause for meningitis. Tubercle bacillus, viruses, fungi, parasites, cancer, or some medications fall into the category of aseptic meningitis. See http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001639/ for more information. ...Read more

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Dr. Gutti Rao
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Viral Meningitis (Definition)

Viral meningitis is inflammation of the tissues in the brain and spinal cord that is caused most commonly by enteroviruses. Viral meningitis is not usually as severe as bacterial meningitis and usually resolves without any treatment. However, viral meningitis that is caused by the herpes virus can be life threatening if left untreated. Symptoms include fever, neck stiffness, ...Read more


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What are the tests for aseptic meningitis?

What are the tests for aseptic meningitis?

Spinal tap: If meningitis is suspected a spinal tap is the only way to be 100 % sure it is aseptic or viral. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is aseptic meningitis?

What sort of problem is aseptic meningitis?

Aseptic meningitis: Aseptic meningitis is viral meningitis. When cultured, no bacterial organism is isolated. It is usually self-limiting, and for the most part, not as severe as bacterial meningitis. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of aseptic meningitis?

What are the symptoms of aseptic meningitis?

Headache: Symptoms of aseptic meningitis include headache, fever, neck stiffness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and body aches. You need to go to the emergency room if you have these symptoms. ...Read more

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Help! how to tell if I have aseptic meningitis?

Help! how to tell if I have aseptic meningitis?

Not an issue for: Diagnosis. If you suspect you have meningitis, go the hospital immediately. The diagnosis requires doing a lumbar puncture to examine the cerebrospinal fluid. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with aseptic meningitis, what can I expect going forward?

Likely nothing more: If you had so called "aseptic" meningitis, it was probably a viral infection and if you have recovered from it, you should not expect any more neurologic sequelae. See this site for more info. http://www.med.unc.edu/medicine/web/meningitis.htm. ...Read more

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Is aseptic meningitis contagious?

Is aseptic meningitis contagious?

Maybe,maybe not: Aseptic meningitis is a term usually applied to that process triggered during an infection with a variety of viruses. The dominant group usually causes intestinal issues like cramps or diarrhea, with a fraction of the patients developing meningitis. The germ may pass to someone not immune, but may or may not cause meningitis. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for aseptic meningitis?

What is the treatment for aseptic meningitis?

Depends: Aseptic meningitis indicates the absence of detectable bacteria as a cause for meningitis. Tubercle bacillus, spirochetes, viruses, fungi, parasites, cancer, or some medications fall into the category of aseptic meningitis. Although viruses are the most common etiology, treatment depends on the actual cause, e.g., lyme's disease, virus, tb, cryptococcosis, cancer, etc. ...Read more

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Why is caffeine good for aseptic meningitis?

Why is caffeine good for aseptic meningitis?

Vasoconstrictor: that's why, would reduce blood flow to the brain and help reduce intraventricular pressure, that's in theory, ...Read more

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Are the complications of syphilitic aseptic meningitis?

Are the complications of syphilitic aseptic meningitis?

Many: Syphilis can eventually result in an inflamatory immune process in the brain some 10-20 years after primary infection. Occuring in about 15% of untreated cases, it can lead to coordination difficulties, paralysis, numbness, blindness and dementia. The damage may be serious enough to cause death.Various folks have suggested hitler showed signs of the problem in his final days as well as some gangsters. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Auerbach
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Aseptic Meningitis (Definition)

Aseptic meningitis is a condition caused by a viral infection that results in inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord. It occurs more often in the summer and fall months. Although aseptic (or viral) meningitis is a serious disease, patients generally recover. There may be no additional symptoms present or individuals may have symptoms of a cold or a rash ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Meningitis (Definition)

Meningitis occurs when the membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord becomes inflamed. Symptoms include headaches, fever, stiff neck, and a sensitivity to light. There are two primary types of ...Read more